Demidov Bridge
The Demidov Bridge is a bridge across the Griboyedov Canal in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea...

, Russia
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. It connects Kazansky and Spassky islands.


The bridge got its name from the surname of the known Russian powers Demidov
The Demidov family, also Demidoff, were an influential Russian merchant, industrialist and later chivalry family, possibly second only to the Tsar himself in wealth during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.-History:...

s. It connects two parts of the former Demidov street (today Grivtzov street), named so because Demidov family owned a large section of land nearby. Initially it was planned to name the bridge Bank Bridge, but this name was already taken by Bank Bridge
Bank Bridge
Bank Bridge is a 25-m-long pedestrian bridge crossing the Griboedov Canal near the former Assignation Bank in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Like other bridges across the canal, the existing structure dates from 1826. The bridge engineer was Wilhelm von Traitteur, who conceived of a pedestrian...



In the beginning of the 18th century, at the location of the modern Demidov Bridge, there existed wooden bridge, named Saarsky bridge, since it was on the road to Tsarskoe Selo.

In 1834-1835 the single-span arched cast iron bridge was constructed by the project of the engineers E.A. Adam and Pierre-Dominique Bazaine
Pierre-Dominique Bazaine
Pierre-Dominique Bazaine was a French scientist and engineer. He was educated at the École Polytechnique in Paris as an engineer...

The arched span of the bridge consisted of 91 cast iron boxes, which were fastened by the bolts. Bridge supports were made from stone, coated by granite.


The casting of the bridge railings has high artistic value. Their ornament has a form of palmette
The palmette is a motif in decorative art which, in its most characteristic expression, resembles the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree. It has an extremely long history, originating in Ancient Egypt with a subsequent development through the art of most of Eurasia, often in forms that bear...

s (artistic motif based on the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree). Bridge entrance features floor lamps.
In 1954-1955 the restoration project took place under supervision of architect A.L. Rotach. The lost lamps, poles and railing fragments were replaced.

Several houses near the bridge have special memorial plaques on their facades, noting the level of the water during the catastrophic flooding on November 7, 1824, described by Pushkin in the Bronze Horseman poem
The Bronze Horseman (poem)
The Bronze Horseman: A Petersburg Tale is a narrative poem written by Aleksandr Pushkin in 1833 about the equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg. Widely considered to be Pushkin's most successful narrative poem, "The Bronze Horseman" has had a lasting impact on Russian...

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